Governor Perry: Save Our Starving Farm Animals
  • Petitioned Allison Castle

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Director of Communications, Governor Rick Perry's Office
Allison Castle
Texas Governor
Gov. Rick Perry

Governor Perry: Save Our Starving Farm Animals

    1. Bob Williams
    2. Petition by

      Bob Williams

      Argyle, TX

Texas’s farms are in dire straits. Small ranchers and farmers are desperately trying to hold onto their livelihoods, but many can no longer afford to feed their animals with increasingly scarce hay. Some farmers have had no choice but to abandon their ailing horses and cattle. The lucky ones are picked up by rescue organizations—in many cases animals starve to death.

I know just how desperate the situation is because I work for Ranch Hand Rescue, a Texas non-profit that houses, feeds, and cares for farm animals in distressed situations. Here’s a quote from one of dozens of farmers who have emailed me in just the past couple months.

“The drought has just about ruined everybody here in South Texas. I’ve been forced to sell half of my herd. The hay situation has become very serious. Hay that was going at $35 is now $85 or more if you can find it. The last hay I purchased I drove over 130 miles one-way to get it. Things just don’t look very promising. And still there is no promise of rain.”

Desperate times call for desperate measures. We need Governor Rick Perry to use state resources to bring hay to Texas. 

State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon recently declared this to be the worst one-year drought on record for Texas. Because we have had no rain, we have no grass and no hay—nothing to feed our farm animals.

We are in the middle of a hay crisis that will likely only get worse before it gets better. Other states, however, have plenty of hay to spare—it’s just too expensive for farmers to drive the distance to haul in this hay.

What farmers and farm animals desperately need is for Gov. Rick Perry to devote state resources to bringing hay to Texas. Please sign my petition asking the governor to immediately make the commitment to bring hay to Texas’s farm animals in an effort to help our ranchers, farm animals, and rescues.


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    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. New Press Release to be issued Monday Oct 24th, 2011

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    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
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    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Caleb Miller COLUMBIA, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      This isn't soley an animal rights cause. It's economic, and people's or at least farming economy's survivival, may depend on it.

    • Hinton Petty TEMPLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Perry think that helping people in Texas is not the state gov. problem. That less gov. for the people. Remember next time you vote.

    • yvette munguia OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Animals should die of old age not from starving to death or being tortured. Save the farm animals!!!!

    • Ivan R ALAMOSA, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      I live in alamosa co, someone from texas randomly asked me for the hay in my bac yard!

    • Robin Rice HOUSTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      This is so cruel and we should step in and help our starving farm animals


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